ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Albuquerque Police Department fired Sgt. Adam Casaus Friday more than three months after he was involved in a middle-of-the-night crash that killed a young woman and injured her sister.
Casaus is awaiting trial after being charged with vehicular homicide in the February crash that killed Ashley Browder, 21. He has pleaded not guilty.
The firing comes after an internal investigation, details of which have not been released.
Prosecutors allege Casaus ran a red light on Paseo del Norte NW at Eagle Ranch Road on Feb. 10 when he hit a car driven by Browder's sister Lindsay, who was seriously injured.
Casaus claimed he was trying to catch up to a possibly intoxicated driver. Witnesses told investigators Casaus had engaged his emergency lights but not his siren.
He was off duty at the time of the 1:30 a.m. crash and had not notified the police dispatcher of his pursuit.
APD Chief Ray Schultz released this statement through a spokesman:
"This had been a very unfortunate and tragic event for everyone involved. After completing a very comprehensive Internal Affairs Investigation and reviewing the through accident investigation provided by the BCSO, I came to the conclusion that Sergeant Casaus did violate several sections of the APD SOP and the appropriate discipline was separation of employment. Our prayers remain and thoughts with the Browder Family."
The grandmother of the Browder sisters said, "Now at least there is a start of some justice for Ashley and Lindsay."
She says the chief still has not returned the family's phone calls.
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